More than 90% of Local Businesses Negatively Impacted by COVID-19

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

CKLW AM 800/Teresinha Medeiros


WINDSOR — A new report has found most businesses in Windsor-Essex have felt the negative impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Between March 22 and April 8th, 575 local businesses responded to the survey done by the Windsor-Essex COVID-19 Economic Task Force.

It found 92.7 percent of businesses immediately felt a significant negative impact from the outbreak while 3.7% experienced a positive impact.

In terms of layoffs, 57.4 percent reported temporarily laying off staff, while 28.2 percent reported permanent layoffs.


"It's important to be able to keep communication lines open with the business community across all industries to understand the impacts and to understand challenges they are having," says task force Chair Stephen MacKenzie. 

The survey found businesses are struggling with a drop in revenue and being forced to layoff staff, but MacKenzie was hopeful that the majority of the layoffs due to COVID-19 were not permanent.

He says the data will be the foundation to determine ways to help businesses after the pandemic is over.

"To take the information, use it to communicate to the province and federal governments but to start planning strategies for when this is over on the best way to jump start the economy."

Several different sectors responded to the survey ranging from manufacturing to retail.

MacKenzie says 120 local companies have adjusted their business to address the local needs, such as producing personal protective equipment, masks or sanitizers.

He says the task force will survey the respondents in another four weeks to determine if their circumstances have changed.

The province declared a state of emergency on March 17th.